Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump

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Men's long jump
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
Athletics pictogram.svg
Pictogram for athletics
Venue Centennial Olympic Stadium
Date 28 July 1996 (finals)
29 July 1996 (finals)
Competitors 52 from 38 nations
Winning distance 8.50
1st, gold medalist(s) Carl Lewis
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) James Beckford
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Joe Greene
 United States
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These are the official results of the men's long jump athletics event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. There were a total of 54 competitors, with one non-starter.[1]

Carl Lewis was on the edge of making history, to equal the unique accomplishment of Al Oerter by winning four Olympic championships in the same event. However, now 35 years old, he was comparatively quite old for a sprinter-long jumper. Lewis barely made it to the Olympics, only finishing third at the 1996 Olympic Trials behind world record holder Mike Powell (at 33, also five years beyond his peak) and 29-year-old Joe Greene. These same three American jumpers had swept the event four years earlier.

While Lewis was ranked number one from the qualifying round, it took him three jumps to make the automatic qualifier. Lewis gained some notoriety by winning the 1984 Olympics on his single, first attempt. Powell, Greene and Iván Pedroso made their automatic qualifier (8.05 m) on their first attempt.

In the first round Emmanuel Bangué took the lead with 8.19 m. Powell moved into second place in the second round at 8.17 m, with Lewis jumping 8.10 m to move into third. Greene moved into the lead in the third round with a 8.24 m, until Lewis made his 8.50 jump. Lewis' jump equalled former rival Larry Myricks' still standing Masters M35 World Record.

While Pedroso was the reigning world champion and had jumped significantly better just a year earlier, he didn't get into the final eight to get three remaining jumps. No other jumper improved in his final jumps except James Beckford, whose final-round 8.29 m lifted him into the silver medal, pushing Greene to bronze.


Gold Carl Lewis
 United States
Silver James Beckford
Bronze Joe Greene
 United States


  • All results shown are in metres
Q automatic qualification
q qualification by rank
DNS did not start
NM no mark
OR olympic record
WR world record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best


Standing records prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics
World Record  Mike Powell (USA) 8.95 m August 30, 1991 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Olympic Record  Bob Beamon (USA) 8.90 m October 18, 1968 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico


14  Spyridon Vasdekis (GRE) 7.98m
15  Bogdan Ţărus (ROU) 7.96m
16  Andrew Owusu (GHA) 7.91m
17  Nai Hui-Fang (TPE) 7.91m
18  Cheikh Tidiane Touré (SEN) 7.91m
19  Bogdan Tudor (ROU) 7.88m
20  Milan Gombala (CZE) 7.88m
21  Georg Ackermann (GER) 7.86m
22  János Uzsoki (HUN) 7.82m
22  Kostas Koukodimos (GRE) 7.82m
24  Carlos Calado (POR) 7.81m
25  Simone Bianchi (ITA) 7.79m
26  Vitaliy Kyrylenko (UKR) 7.77m
27  Nelson Ferreira (BRA) 7.76m
28  Robert Emmiyan (ARM) 7.76m
29  Chen Jing (CHN) 7.70m
30  Chao Chih-Kuo (TPE) 7.67m
31  Jaime Jefferson (CUB) 7.65m
32  Jesús Oliván (ESP) 7.64m
33  Douglas de Souza (BRA) 7.61m
34  Richard Duncan (CAN) 7.61m
35  Aleksey Petrukhanov (RUS) 7.50m
36  Nobuharu Asahara (JPN) 7.46m
37  Remmy Limo (KEN) 7.46m
38  François Fouché (RSA) 7.44m
39  Kenny Lewis (GRN) 7.41m
40  Keita Cline (IVB) 7.26m
41  Andreja Marinković (YUG) 7.17m
42  Márcio da Cruz (BRA) 7.12m
43  Victor Shabangu (SWZ) 5.79m
 Siniša Ergotić (CRO) NM
 Benny Fernando (SRI) NM
 Hans-Peter Lott (GER) NM
 Sung Hee-Jun (KOR) NM
 Franck Zio (BUR) NM
 Vladimir Malyavin (TKM) NM
 Ellsworth Manuel (AHO) NM
 Ivaylo Mladenov (BUL) NM
 Ousman Sallah (GAM) NM
 Craig Hepburn (BAH) DNS


Rank Athlete Mark 1 2 3 4 5 6 Notes
Gold medal icon.svg  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.50 x 8.14 8.50 - 8.06 x SB =MWR
Silver medal icon.svg  James Beckford (JAM) 8.29 x 8.02 8.13 x x 8.29
Bronze medal icon.svg  Joe Greene (USA) 8.24 7.80 7.79 8.24 x x x SB
4  Emmanuel Bangué (FRA) 8.19 8.19 8.10 x 7.88 6.46 6.87
5  Mike Powell (USA) 8.17 7.89 8.17 7.99 x x x SB
6  Gregor Cankar (SLO) 8.11 x x 8.11 x x 5.33
7  Aleksandr Glovatskiy (BLR) 8.07 8.07 x 8.07 x x x
8  Mattias Sunneborn (SWE) 8.06 7.89 7.97 8.06 8.04 8.03 7.75
9  Huang Geng (CHN) 7.99 7.99 7.87 7.89
10  Yuriy Naumkin (RUS) 7.96 7.96 7.88 7.95
11  Andrey Ignatov (RUS) 7.83 x 7.83 7.58
12  Iván Pedroso (CUB) 7.75 x 7.57 7.75
13  Erik Nys (BEL) 7.72 7.59 x 7.72

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Men's Long Jump". Retrieved 19 December 2017.

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